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UT, Toledo Symphony to present ‘Midsummer Night Mysteries’

The University of Toledo College of Communication and the Arts celebrates its annual Arts & Humanities Festival in collaboration with the Toledo Symphony and its production of “Midsummer Night Mysteries,” Friday and Saturday, March 27-28.

UT students and faculty will take part in the symphony production at the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle, and the college will present a related lecture on Main Campus.

Stephan Sanderling will conduct the Toledo Symphony, and Cornel Gabara, UT associate professor of theatre, will direct as well as portray the dual character Egeus/Bottom in “Midsummer Night Mysteries.”

Irene Alby, UT lecturer in theatre and film, will play Hippolyta/Titania, and UT theatre students in the cast are Ian Davis as Demetrius, Jeffrey Burden as Oberon/Theseus, Nolan Thomaswick as Lysander, Victoria Zajac as Hermia, Keely-Rain Battle as Puck, Elif Ertürk as Helena. The students will double up and play other roles, such as the mechanicals and fairies.

For the production, Daniel Thobias, UT assistant professor of theatre, designed costumes; lighting is by James S. Hill, UT professor emeritus of theatre; and set design is by Gabara.

Tickets range from $36 to $55 and are available at tickets.toledosymphony.com. Student rush tickets are $5 at the door; cash preferred, $3 fee for credit/debit cards.

In addition to the performances, Dr. Matthew Wikander, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of English, will give a free, public talk titled “Mendelssohn’s Music, Reinhardt’s Diaphanous Damsels, Shakespeare’s Fairies” Wednesday March 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Libbey Hall.

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